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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Who do I call if I experience complications? 

If you have new symptoms and don’t know what to do, do not wait. Get medical advice or help if you are concerned.

If you have numbness and tingling of your fingers or around your mouth:

  • Take an extra dose of calcium 1000 mg pills (or 2 pills of Elemental Calcium 500 mg).
  • Wait 15 minutes. If the tingling and numbness does not go away, take another dose of calcium 1000 mg pills (or 2 pills of Elemental Calcium 500 mg).
  • If after the third dose the tingling and numbness are still there, call your surgeon to get a calcium blood test.

If you had your surgery at Toronto General Hospital:
Call your Clinical Nurse Coordinator: 416 340 4665

If you are calling after hours, call the Nursing Unit where you stayed after your surgery:
Consolidated Surgical Short-Stay Unit at TGH: 416 340 3521
ENT/Head & Neck and Plastics Surgical Oncology Inpatient Unit: 416 340 3224

If you had your surgery at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre:​
Short Term Care Unit – 18B: 416 946 4501 ext. 5510

Go to the hospital nearest emergency room if you have:

  • Chills or a fever that goes higher than 38℃ and does not go away after you take Tylenol.
  • Your incision bleeds or fluid or pus leaks from it.
  • Redness, swelling or increased pain under your incision or on your neck that keeps getting worse.
  • Pain, redness or swelling in your calf or your leg.
  • Any stabbing pain in your chest, or shooting pain in your back.
  • Tingling, numbness of the fingers or toes or around the mouth that does not go away after taking calcium doses as directed.
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and chest pain.
  • Trouble swallowing or trouble coughing.

​​​​​​How do I reach my surgeon’s office?

Dr. D. Brown​
Phone: 416 946 2147

Dr. D. Chepeha​
Phone: 416 946 4729

Dr. K. Devon
Phone: 416 323 6400 ext. 7352

Dr. R. Gilbert​
Phone: 416 946 2822

Dr. D. Goldstein​
Phone: 416 340 4767

Dr. P. Gullane​
Phone: 416 946 2143

Dr. J. Irish​
Phone: 416 946 2149

Dr. J. Pasternak
Phone: 416 340 5195

Dr. L. Rotstein​
Phone: 416 340 5195